As political parties in Ondo State are warming up to hit the campaign trail ahead of the November 26 Governorship Election in the state, the state chapter of Odua Peoples Congress (OPC) has warned political thugs and other troublemakers to stay clear of political activities before, during and after the poll.
The state coordinator OPC, Comrade Pius Ogunsanya in a statement issued in Akure, the state capital on Sunday,, said that the OPC in the state would not fold it hands when some unscrupulous elements unleashed terror and mayhem on innocent people on the pretend of playing politics.
Ogunsanya said the regional defense group, in collaboration with government security agents such as the police and Civil Defence Corp, “is battle ready to tackle any group or individual on the payroll of politicians and their political parties who want to cause violence in any parts of the state, pre or post election, as such group of individual will meet their waterloo.
“As partners in the cultural and regional protection of Yoruba race, the OPC wish to tell the voting population in Ondo State that they will be adequately protected at campaign grounds and voting centres during the forthcoming governorship election.
“We are in collaboration with other security agents to ensure peaceful conduct of the election; devoting of rancour, violence, ballot snatching, mayhem, thugerry and other activities that against smooth conduct of the poll,” Ogunsanya stated.
He then urged political parties, politicians and other stakeholders in the election to play the game according to the rules, dictates and ethics of democratic practice, by monitoring and directing their members and supporters not to cause trouble or disturb the peace of the state before, during and after the much awaited election.
Ogunsanya also advised the electorate to vote for credible, reliable and results oriented person to take over the affairs of the state after the incumbent, governor Olusegun Mimiko might have left the stage on February 23, 2017, saying that “no amount of financial inducement during the poll can turn around the fortune of the state for good, only good governor will do”.